Kolka was designed for The Knitter Issue 67 (March 2014)
I was inspired by traditional Swedish Bohus stranded knitting for this and wanted the rim to be something different than the usual rib. I was led to the Latvian Braid through various Google image searches and found myself learning this new and fun technique, which I quickly decided would be the main feature of the hat.
After the braid is complete the hat knits up reasonably quickly in the round on 3.5mm needles and the pattern is fun to follow. Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino works so well in Fair Isle, not only is it soft and nice to knit with, the stitches are well defined and it doesn’t seem to pill too quickly.
Also featured in Issue 67 is a gorgeous jumper by Sasha Kagan, a tweedy aran cardigan by Linda Parkhouse and an amazing elephant cardigan by Martin Storey – all things I would like to knit when I get the time!